Monday, September 24, 2007

Little Bro K wins a big award

I said in a post below that my little brother has been leading a project that would do big things. Well, the word is out and a big award has come in. Here is the best part of an email that I got this morning:

"Tellme won best-in-category (network/internet technologies) for Phonetop in the Wall Street Journal’s annual Innovation Awards!
See the blurb here:"

Congrats Bro!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Friday Night is Alright for Poker

Friday twas a fun night playing poker at Casa de Falstaff. The usual suspects gathered to sling cards and chips at the appointed hour. 2PuttBurdie made a late entrance (due to a haircut appointment) and an early exit (because he played like a hair stylist). He left partly because he was on 3 hours of sleep in the past two days. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

It was an interesting night for me as I got up big early, only to go incredibly card dead as to lose the $100+ that I was up and the $40 that I started with. In one stretch, I took three good pots in a row with two flushes and a straight. I remember betting into a short stack on a 3 spade turn when the jack that gave me a straight and draw to a flush (10s in my hand) also gave the short stack flush (K in his hand). I also had a big blind junk hand flop trip sixes only to see the four flush on the river and correctly ID’ed the holder of the A and the nuts. That was a good lay-down.

But the best lay-down was after about 2.5 hours of dead hands where I was dealt two big red kings under the gun. I make a standard 16x blind raise ($8 I think). It folds to the button who is loose anyway and pushes $40 all in. The small blind (Falstaff) immediately goes all in for more than I have. I could not imagine any hand that he could possibly do that with than AA. I think for a while and then fold face up (gasp from the crowd). The button turns up TT and Falstaff turns up AA. A ten is the first card off the deck. No A or K hits and the button takes it down. Falstaff said that he had only seen 2 other players lay down KK pre-flop. I don't think I've ever done it before and probably never will again.

Conversation topics from Friday poker:
OJ and the Palace Station robbery
Pecan Pie Walnuts
I can’t wait for December (WPBT)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
3 Bicycles?
Writing is way better than lighting.
I don’t want Pauley’s job
Monkeys and the footballs they rode in on (that was not Friday, but it was funny)

Monday, September 10, 2007

More Fun with Old Pictures

My last post of old pictures was so much fun, I decided to dig through some really only pictures and see if there was anything fun in there. I found a few that you might enjoy.

This is one of the first pictures that I ever took with my own camera. I was about 10 or 11. I sold Christmas cards in August to earn enough points to buy a camera. The guy in the picture was a friend of my older brother. Notice in this shot how much room he has between the sofa and the table. I took this shot with a nice strong flash so I'm sure there is no way he hit the ball.

This is my younger brother on the family minibike. I wish I had gotten more bike in the shot, but I love the massive amount of tape that is holding the gas tank onto the bike. I'm sure that was safe! This 'kid' is now making some of the software that will blow peoples minds over the next 12 months. You go boy.

Here is a shot of Special K's wheels that he drove through high school and college. It was wore out by the time I was done with it.

Here is a pic of Special K from '79 when he was a pole vaulter at Independence High School. Look, I'm really skinny with definition in my arms and legs. What the heck happened. My buds Marvin (hood) and Ansle are seated. I won this particular meet (Queen City Relays). One of the guy I beat that day was a guy named Ben Browder. He went on to be in some Si-Fi shows or something (Stargate SG-1 actually). Two weeks after this shot, Ben told me he hoped to become an actor. "Sure, sure, Ben. Whatever." Good job, Ben!

Here is a shot of my dorm hallway at the end of my first weekend at Carolina. You may note the multiple cases of beer, boxes of KFC chicken and Domino's Pizza and other various levels of trash. Good intro, guys.

Finally, one of my favorites. This is a picture from the summer before my senior year in high school. Note the metal LCD digital watch, short tennis shorts and and a bit more hair than I currently sport. Oh, yea, the guy who wouldn't leave me alone till I took a picture with him was some Senator or something. Hehe. Good times.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Images from Camp Comet

This past weekend, a reunion was held for the campers, counselors, and staff of Camps Wohelo, Comet, and Comet Trails. I spent three summers at Camp Comet as a counselor (81,82, and 83). It was a hard, great, happy, frustrating, and growing time for everyone. I did not attend the reunion, but I have heard from several folks who attended the camp.

Interest seems to be high. Some folks have found this blog though Google searches and contacted me about a picture that I posted over a year ago. So in the interst of giving them something to find when they get back here, I'm posting a few more pictures that I have from those days.

Enjoy (Click the pictures for bigger versions)

This was my gang in my second summer at camp. The names were (front from L to R) Matt, Jason, Richard, and Antonio (Standing from L to R) Steve, Andy, David, Saul, Oscar, and Brad. Of the three summers, this was easily my favorite group.

This is a picture of Matt and Andy out on beautiful Lake Comet (snicker).

This is a picture of the star of one of the street hockey matches. He was one of the nicest kids but tough as nails when it came to hockey.

Here is a picture of Special K from 1983 with a couple of friends from Wohelo.

And finally, the original picture (cleaned up a bit) of the gang that made the summer of 1982 special. I hope you are all doing well.